Murder rate drops as police use technology to predict crime in US

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At the headquarters of the police at Chicago in United States, officers in a control room scan digital maps on big screens to see where a computer algorithm predicts crime will happen next, Reuters reports.

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It said following widespread controversy surrounding violent crime and the use of force by officers, in the third-largest U.S. city, police are using technology to try to rein in a surging murder rate.

The report says as a result of the new tools, the number of shootings in the 7th District from January through July fell 39 percent compared with the same period last year.

That of murders has dropped by 33 percent to 34, adding that citywide, the number of murders is up 3 percent at 402.

It said three other districts where the technology is fully operational have also seen between 15 percent and 29 percent fewer shootings, and 9 percent to 18 percent fewer homicides, according to the department’s data.

“We are not saying we can predict where the next shooting is going to occur. These are just tools. They are not going to replace (officers),” said Jonathan Lewin, chief of the Chicago Police Department’s Bureau of Technical Services.

Source: Reuters

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